Man fleeing police fell to death from council tower block
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Communities
A Birmingham man fell 11 floors to his death after police knocked at his door.
Demetre Fraser attempted to escape through a window of his cousin's flat in the Moor House tower block in Druids Heath, in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest.
Mr Demetre texted his girlfriend moments before he fell, writing: "Feds at the door. I'm spooked."
Police had been sent to arrest Mr Demetre for a reported breach of bail conditions he was under.
Two officers arrived at the flat in May 2011 and when no one answered the door they left the building and discovered Mr Demetre on the ground outside.
Neither of the officers recognised the seriously injured man as Mr Demetre and called paramedics.
PC Adam Gibbs told Birmingham Coroner's Court: "He didn’t appear well but at that point I didn’t really think anything about it. I just knew there was a man on the floor who needed some help.”
Though the Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled there was no case to investigate, Mr Demetre's mother, Josette Fraser, requested an inquiry.
IPCC investigator Dan Budge concluded: “My personal opinion is that he tried to climb down from the balcony. He made the first one but got to the ninth floor, and put his foot through the window. We found no evidence of third party involvement.”
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